Rear Adm. Michael Zarkowski is a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and a 1987 graduate of Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He was designated an aerospace maintenance duty officer in 1988.
He attended the United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and received his Master of Science in Material Logistics Support Management in June 1998. In 1999, he was designated an Acquisition Corps member.
Zarkowski’s operational assignments include tours as maintenance material control officer (MMCO) in Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123, MMCO/assistant maintenance officer (AMO) in Fighter Squadron (VF) 32, carrier air group maintenance officer (CAGMO) in Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 and aircraft intermediate maintenance department officer (AIMDO) aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). During these tours, he participated in Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom aboard USS America (CV 66), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS George Washington (CVN 73).
His shore tours include airframes/avionics division officer, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department Norfolk, Virginia; assistant chief of staff for logistics, Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic and Aviation Readiness; support equipment director, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk; Commander, Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic, Oceana, Virginia.
Zarkowski’s acquisition tours include deputy program manager, Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS) Electro-Optics Plus in Aviation Support Equipment (PMA-260); aide to the Commander Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR); and Autonomic Logistic Systems Engineering integrated product team lead, the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic.
He assumed command of Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in June 2016. He previously served as vice commander, COMFRC from 2014 to 2016.
Zarkowski earned his Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer Wings and has been awarded the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Battle Efficiency Award (Command Award) (two awards) and the Thomas Hudner Leadership Award.